A vivid account of the literary culture of the Spanish-speaking Americas from the time of Columbus to Latin American Independence, this Very Short Introduction explores the origins of Latin American literature in Spanish and tells the story of how Spanish literary language developed and flourished in the New World. A leading scholar of colonial Latin American literature, Rolena Adorno examines the writings that debated the justice of the Spanish conquests, described the novelties of New World nature, expressed the creativity of Hispanic baroque culture in epic, lyric, and satirical poetry, and anticipated Latin American Independence. The works of Spanish, creole, and Amerindian authors highlighted here, including Bartolom‹¨« de las Casas, Felipe Guaman Poma, Sor Juana In‹¨«s de la Cruz, and Andr‹¨«s Bello, have been chosen for the merits of their writings, their participation in the larger literary and cultural debates of their times, and their resonance among readers today.
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"A brilliant and engaging overview of colonial Latin American literature, replete with new insights and visions. Its brevity, clarity, and wit should make it the starting point for any study of the period and of the polemics of possession." -Frederick A. de Armas, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago
"Rolena Adorno has written the book that should have been written decades ago. Her unequaled scholarship, her power of synthesis, and her precise prose make this an introduction to colonial Latin American literature that will become indispensable to all students in the field." -Verónica Cortínez, professor of colonial studies, University of California, Los Angeles; author, Memoria original de Bernal Díaz del Castillo
Chapter 1: First Encounters, First Doubts
Chapter 2: Oviedo and Las Casas
Chapter 3: The Polemics of Possession
Chapter 4: The Conquest of Mexico
Chapter 5: A North American Sojourn
Chapter 6: Epic Accomplishments
Chapter 7: Urban Baroque
Chapter 8: Baroque Plenitude
Chapter 9: A New Polemics of Possession